Our original plan was to have Trevor’s parents bring Knox up to the hospital on Tuesday to meet his baby brother. However, in typical toddler style, Knox had his own plans. Unfortunately, big brother had a little bit of a relapse in his sickness and started coughing like crazy and feeling generally yucky. So, instead of meeting Brody, he had to take a trip to the pediatrician with his Daddy for some antibiotics.
When we were released from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, we were very excited to introduce these brothers to each other. Plus, I just wanted to get my hands on my biggest boy because to say that I missed him would be the most gigantic understatement ever. I had never spent the night away from Knox since he was born, so it was super hard to leave him for two nights!
When we walked inside, Knox was all smiles. He had seen Trevor since Brody was born but hadn’t seen me at all, so I was ready for those sweet hugs and grins! We put Brody’s carrier down on the coffee table, and Knox wanted to get a better look… at the toy attached to the carrier. Ha!
I took Brody out, Knox gave him kind of a funny look, then proceeded to run around the living room and play with everyone. Obviously, he was not super interested! When I took the camera out, he was such a cheeseball, posing for me and giving me a squinty smile in preparation for the bright flash.
When Brody cried, he looked at us, and kind of laughed when we did. Overall, he didn’t show much interest at all.
In general, he tries to totally ignore Brody… and whoever is holding him! Unfortunately for me, that means he has been tuning me out a lot since I’ve been home. If I call him, he turns to look at me, but if I have Brody, he looks the other way. I’m not going to lie, that stings. I’ve been feeling very guilty over not being able to spend enough time with Knox this week, but I know things will calm down soon. I’m trying to tell myself that this isn’t going to scar him for life, and that this phase will pass. It’s hard to be ignored and essentially have to miss him when he’s right there next to me. I’ve cried plenty of tears over this boy this week! I just have to keep at it, and each day is getting progressively better. I have purposed to let Trevor hold Brody for a while so I can sit and cuddle with Knox or sing a song with him, just anything to create some one-on-one time for the two of us.
I am thankful that’s he is not acting out or getting upset over Brody. I don’t think he really understands exactly what a baby is, but he isn’t all that interested in finding out yet! He did touch Brody’s foot yesterday, so I took that as being a step in the right direction! We haven’t let him “hold” Brody yet since he’s still getting over his sickness and is very snotty, but hopefully he’ll come around! Until then, we’ll keep at it until everyone is comfortable with our new family life!
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